To kickoff the year, Lurie College Special Education faculty members Lisa Simpson and Matthew Love partnered with the Children’s Discovery Museum to facilitate a workshop to help museum staff better engage all patrons in their exhibits and activities. After touring the museum and talking with staff members, Lisa and Matt shared some of the strategies they use in special education, particularly to support active engagement of individuals who may have autism spectrum disorders. This Saturday, February 9, from 5:30-8pm, the Children’s Discovery Museum is hosting Play Your Way, an event designed especially for children with autism, ages 2-15, and their families. Lurie College is proud to have faculty members like Lisa and Matt who are collaborating with organizations in the community to create positive and accessible learning experiences and we hope to continue the relationship with the Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose!
About 20 faculty from across Lurie College and SJSU recently came together to discuss the Early Childhood Initiative, which has been conceptualized and led by faculty members Andrea Golloher (Special Education Department), Emily Slusser (Child and Adolescent Development Department) and Maria Fusaro (Child and Adolescent Development Department) and is intended to
- provide training and support for pre- and in-service early childhood practitioners;
- bridge the research-to-practice gap, advance research, and develop best practices; and
- support the professionalization of early childhood care and education.
We can’t wait to see where their ideas and passions take this initiative!
Master Teachers and their Special Education student teachers had their first meeting of the semester last night – they look excited to learn and practice their craft!